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Nine of 13 alleged adult members of an East Side gang targeted by law enforcement pleaded not guilty to charges that allege they sold mass amounts of drugs from their base in the Victory Estates public housing development on the city’s East Side.
So far 11 members charged in a 13-person indictment are in custody. Two men — Curtis Jones, 19, and Devante Gilmore, 21— are currently serving 12 and nine year prison sentences for murdering a 16-year-old boy near the Victory Estates in 2011.
Jones and Gilmore were not arraigned Tuesday. Three others alleged gang members were charged in juvenile court and were not included in the 13-person indictment.
They are facing charges for being in a gang, drug trafficking and having illegal weapons.
Of those arraigned Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas:
Phillip Anderson, 23, of Youngstown: Bond was set at $1 million. Anderson was previously sentenced to three years probation and to spend time in a drug treatment program after he was convicted of abduction and domestic violence.
Darrell Mason Jr., 23, of Boardman: Mason was held without the eligibility to post bond. Gun charges were dismissed against Mason in 2009. He was convicted April 23 of domestic violence.
Marquis Christian, 29, of Youngstown: Christian was also ordered held in the county jail without bond. Christian has two pending court cases, one for two counts of drug possession, the other for having a gun under disability and improperly handling a gun in a car.
Graylyn Folmar, 24, of Campbell: Folmar is being held on $500,000 bond. He was convicted in 2011 of improperly handling a gun in a vehicle and having weapons under disability.
Charles Moore, 22, of Youngstown: Moore was held on $250,000 bond. Moore was convicted in 2011 of receiving stolen property. Charges of aggravated robbery the same year were dismissed.
Brandon Wallace, 18, of Boardman: He was held on $500,000 bond. Wallace pleaded guilty July 17 to felonious assault with a gun. Prosecutors will recommend a five-year prison sentence at his Sept. 3 sentencing hearing. From July 17 until he was arrested by authorities in the gang case, Wallace was freed on $15,000 bond
Martin Sims, Jody Briggs and Lawrence Mitchum, all of Youngstown, were also indicted of being part of the gang. Bond for Sims and Briggs were set at $20,000 and Mitchum’s was set at $5,000.
Police said the gang engaged in gun violence and trafficked a “large amount” of drugs.
Jones fatally shot Devail Fleeton, 16, on March 26, 2011. Reports said Jones, Gilmore and four others, all wearing red and black, attacked Fleeton outside a convenience store and shot him in an alley leading to Victory Estates.
Officers found him dead from a gunshot wound to the back with dirt and a stick stuffed in his mouth.
About 20 hours before Fleeton was killed, his brother, Dequann G. Fleeton, was robbed at gunpoint by a dozen teenagers all wearing red or black at the same convenience store.